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Luzerne County Council debates use of remaining $2.1 million windfall

After getting caught up on an $8.6 million in employee pension fund subsidy, Luzerne County still has $2.1 million left from this year’s one-time revenue windfall. Two options for the money are up for council consideration: reduce the deficit or beef up the dwindling capital projects fund. During public discussion last week, county Councilman Stephen […]

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Luzerne County DA Salavantis seeks reconsideration of budget cuts

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has asked county council to reconsider recent 2018 budget cuts in her office, saying she has “grave concerns.” “We took a major beating this budget cycle,” Salavantis said Friday. A council majority approved $95,769 in cuts to the district attorney’s proposed budget Nov. 28, reducing her allocation to $4.41 […]

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Luzerne County Council to address home-rule study question

As Luzerne County’s customized home rule government structure wraps up its sixth year, the question of whether it’s time to consider a change is once again before county council. Council is expected to hold a public hearing and vote on the matter Tuesday, according to officials. Four council members — Edward Brominski, Kathy Dobash, Eileen […]

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Luzerne County issues warning on scam involving warrant claim

Scammers posing as representatives of the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department or county judiciary have extracted thousands of dollars from area residents, the sheriff’s department warned Wednesday. The scammers contacted several residents threatening that arrest warrants have been issued for missed jury duty. According to the county, the call recipients were informed the warrants would be […]

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Luzerne County to decide if slot machines allowed at truck stops

Luzerne County Council members have until Dec. 30 to act if they do not want slot machines in truck stops, the administration said. State lawmakers approved gambling expansion legislation in October, allowing up to five video gaming terminals at truck stops in counties that currently have casinos. Luzerne County is in the mix, with the […]

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Dallas Post to publish photos of Dallas Days Christmas Decoration Contest entrees

DALLAS — Contestants in the Dallas Days Christmas Home Decoration Contest will be showcased in the Dallas Post through the holiday season. The Dallas Post has teamed up with the Dallas Days Bicentennial Committee and the Back Mountain Bloomers to publish photos of the 17 entries to the Dallas Days Christmas Home Decoration Contest. Now […]

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There are a lot of events happening in the Back Mountain

Kunkle Fire Company breakfast buffet DALLAS TWP. — The Kunkle Fire Company will hold a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Kunkle Social Hall, 815 Kunkle Road. Adult admission is $9 per person. Children 10 years old and younger will be admitted for $4. For information, call 570-675-3334. […]

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Back Mountain residents in the news

Kathryn Kohl named to LCCC Nursing Forum NANTICOKE — Shavertown resident Kathryn Kohl was one of four Luzerne County Community College students elected as officers for the Nursing Forum to serve for the 2017-18 year. The LCCC Nursing Forum positions are filled by Kohl, secretary; Rebecca Carrol, Swoyersville, president; Ann Lewis, Pittston, vice president; and […]

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Misericordia University will not cancel commencement speaker Father James Martin

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University senior Michael Dubinski supports his school’s decision to have the Rev. James Martin, S.J., Jesuit priest, speak at the school’s winter commencement Dec. 17. Dubinski, who is slated to graduate in May, is aware of Father Martin’s book, which promotes building a relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBT […]

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Luzerne County issues warning of scam involving outstanding warrant claim

The Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department issued a public warning Wednesday about a scam now under investigation. People falsely claiming to be from the county sheriff’s department or county judiciary have contacted several county residents threatening that arrest warrants have been issued for missed jury duty, according to the county. The scammers said the warrants would […]

8 Comments - 12:19 pm

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